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causal

[kaw-zuh l] /ˈkɔ zəl/
adjective
1.
of, constituting, or implying a cause.
2.
Grammar. expressing a cause, as the conjunctions because and since.
Origin of causal
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin causālis, equivalent to caus(a) cause + -ālis -al1
Related forms
causally, adverb
noncausal, adjective
noncausally, adverb
supercausal, adjective
uncausal, adjective
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  • It affords no explanation of the facts of adaptation, and has no causal value.

  • Geoffroy seems here to be moving from a pure to a causal morphology.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • Such observable sequences are causal sequences in the ordinary sense, and it is part of the work of Science to observe them.

  • But that they have any causal connection with the things around him is not to be conceived.

  • In considering the causal laws of psychology, the distinction between rough generalizations and exact laws is important.

    The Analysis of Mind Bertrand Russell
British Dictionary definitions for causal

causal

/ˈkɔːzəl/
adjective
1.
acting as or being a cause
2.
stating, involving, or implying a cause: the causal part of the argument
3.
(philosophy) (of a theory) explaining a phenomenon or analysing a concept in terms of some causal relation
Derived Forms
causally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for causal
adj.

1530s, from Latin causalis "relating to a cause," from causa (see cause (n.)).

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